Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Citizens and Government Working Together

Community Policing

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit is responsible for providing business and residential programs for residents of the county. The Unit is comprised of Deputies with specialized training in Crime Prevention, Social Media, and Neighborhood Watch. The Unit also conducts speed surveys in the county to determine traffic enforcement initiatives in the county. The unit is part of the Special Operation Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Neighborhood Crime Watch

The Neighborhood Watch Program is a community-run Crime Prevention Program designed to actively join citizens and deputies together to combat crime through education and awareness. 

Neighborhood Watch operates under three principles:

  • Being Neighborly - Neighbors get to know each other and watch out for each other.
  • Education - Deputies educate citizens about recognizing suspicious activity, home security strategies and other crime-related quality of life issues.
  • Sense of Pride - Education and working together creates a sense of pride and belonging for participants. This creates a bond for the group, giving them a sense of shared purpose to make their neighborhood safe.

Start a Neighborhood Watch In Your Area

Step 1 - Talk with neighbors about the value of starting a Neighborhood Watch group. One block captain can typically oversee up to 30 houses or one city block, so focus on neighbors close to your home for the initial planning. Ask your neighbors to help plan the first neighborhood meeting.

Step 2 - Contact the Sheriff’s Office at (410) 632-1112. Crime Prevention officers will provide you with assistance and a booklet to help you plan your first meeting.

Step 3 - Your first meeting - The first meeting is mostly informational. Agenda topics often include:

  • Introductions
  • Why are we here?
  • What is Neighborhood Watch and how it can help?
  • Neighborhood role?
  • Police role?
  • What do we hope to accomplish?
  • Questions and answers